Random thing you loathe right now.

My wife and I are in this unending struggle regarding housing. The pros and cons of buying a home vs a penthouse or a townhouse/condo really have us flip-flopping over the issue. Annoying religious or sales people are part of that.

Depending on where you live, if you hang a No Solicitations sign on your door, and someone still knocks, you can have them arrested. So you may want to look into that.

KingGorilla wrote:

Depending on where you live, if you hang a No Solicitations sign on your door, and someone still knocks, you can have them arrested. So you may want to look into that.

My parents have always had one of these, so I've never dealt with many door-knockers... it definitely works. My best friend has one with an explicit exception for Girl Scouts selling cookies

In 3 years this is only the 2nd one who's come to the house. Normally we don't get many religious folk stopping by. Granted the nicer weather is coming around so it could increase but since being in the house since Oct 2009 I can recall 3 religious pamphlet people who stopped at the door. All were very pleasant and I did not need to give more than a "No thank you" to them before they moved on. I have a sign on my door that alerts them that my Puggles are guard dogs but I guess that's not working as well as I hoped

DeThroned wrote:

The home improvement people who come to the door and insist on trying to schedule an appointment with me to get a free estimate on my roof. Here's a line that didn't work to get me to schedule:

"Well, we are going to be right around the corner at the Jones's house on Saturday. Are you going to be around around 1pm? I can have someone come by" - Really? The Jones's?

Oh, and stop saying "I understand" and then keep talking when I politely tell you no thanks. I told him "Look, I am not replacing my roof at this time so there's no need for you to have someone come out here". His response "Well, it's free and guaranteed in writing. And why not if it's free?" He then proceeded to tell me how he gets paid based on the amount of appointments he is able to book. My response was "well, that's not really any of my concern". He kept talking so my final response to him was "You really don't know how to take no for an answer, do you?". He told me he was trained not to. At that point I wished him a nice day and walked back inside. I was getting ready to go out to do some shopping and when I left 2 minutes later he was harassing my neighbor. *Rolling eyes*

Politeness is overrated when it comes to cold-callers. I give them one chance at politeness, then I go straight to brusque, followed by downright rude, in a matter of seconds.

"Which part of 'no, I'm not interested' are you not understanding?"

I just say I'm not interested and shut the door immediately. It wastes both party's time to draw things out any longer than that.

Wow - you guys are way more fogiving.

For me, it's "Hey, we're really not interested", then quickly turns to "get the f*ck off my porch before I call the cops".

Telemarketers in general, and flipping incompetent ones in particular have been getting my goat as of late. A local yard care company got my number from somewhere, and has called me on no fewer than 5 occasions in the past 2 weeks. I've started using smaller words, and the next one that calls me is getting the brunt of my irritation and a firm reminder about the FCC's policies regarding companies that won't take 'screw off' for an answer.

I ordered a game from Toys'R'Us and it said it was going to ship on Wednesday March 27, when I check the status now, all it says is:

Special Order: Awaiting inventory

"I've been disfellowshipped."

They'll never come back.

I just turn the chihuahuas loose on them.

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Not really but it is fun to think about because we have one that is kind of bitey around strangers (the other three are more likely to bark and flee though).

I've always wanted to see them coming, and then answer the door dressed in a black robe with a knife in my hand, and candles burning behind me in a darkened room. After an awkward pause, I'd say "Can you come back later? I was just in the middle of someon..er, something."

The office staff at my wife's doctor's office. We really like the doctors there, but we're likely switching practices because the office staff is so awful. They're consistently rude, difficult to work with, and unhelpful. Going through them makes every visit a really unpleasant experience.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

The office staff at my wife's doctor's office. We really like the doctors there, but we're likely switching practices because the office staff is so awful. They're consistently rude, difficult to work with, and unhelpful. Going through them makes every visit a really unpleasant experience.

Send an email directly to your doctor with this sentiment. Give specifics. If you feel this way, then so do many other people. I'm sure the docs would want to deal with the issue rather than have patients disappearing for reasons they don't understand.

Coldstream wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

The office staff at my wife's doctor's office. We really like the doctors there, but we're likely switching practices because the office staff is so awful. They're consistently rude, difficult to work with, and unhelpful. Going through them makes every visit a really unpleasant experience.

Send an email directly to your doctor with this sentiment. Give specifics. If you feel this way, then so do many other people. I'm sure the docs would want to deal with the issue rather than have patients disappearing for reasons they don't understand.

We spoke with one of the docs in the practice today at our appointment. She said that this was something they'd been hearing more of lately and would have the office manager call us directly as well as passing on our concerns to the other doctors. We at least wanted the doctor to understand why we're considering leaving, as I know they delegate most of the day-to-day running of the office to others and so might not be aware of patient complaints.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

The office staff at my wife's doctor's office. We really like the doctors there, but we're likely switching practices because the office staff is so awful. They're consistently rude, difficult to work with, and unhelpful. Going through them makes every visit a really unpleasant experience.

I still get occasional love notes for a phantom bill when I stopped going to one GP. No I will not pay an out of network price because you put the wrong insurer in my file. What was the point of photo copying my ID card if you were not paying attention in Kindergarten long enough to learn 0 through 9?

IT made us update to IE10, which apparently doesn't refresh unread threads here when going back a page anymore.

soonerjudd wrote:

IT made us update to IE10, which apparently doesn't refresh unread threads here when going back a page anymore.

I always loved that with IE9 and used it on my laptop, but IE10 changed it. I haven't had any other browsers do that including Chrome which is the main browser that I used. Is there a setting within Chrome that changes that?

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
soonerjudd wrote:

IT made us update to IE10, which apparently doesn't refresh unread threads here when going back a page anymore.

I always loved that with IE9 and used it on my laptop, but IE10 changed it. I haven't had any other browsers do that including Chrome which is the main browser that I used. Is there a setting within Chrome that changes that?

I don't see any option like that in Chrome.

I accidentally killed an adolescent garter snake with my weed trimmer.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

I accidentally killed an adolescent garter snake with my weed trimmer. :(

Don't worry, it's Easter weekend, they'll be back on Sunday

Quintin_Stone wrote:

I accidentally killed an adolescent garter snake with my weed trimmer. :(

Is this in the wrong thread?

SallyNasty wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

I accidentally killed an adolescent garter snake with my weed trimmer. :(

Is this in the wrong thread?

No. I generally don't like killing things. Especially vertebrates.

Quintin_Stone wrote:
SallyNasty wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

I accidentally killed an adolescent garter snake with my weed trimmer. :(

Is this in the wrong thread?

No. I generally don't like killing things. Especially vertebrates.

Me neither. We both know that snake would've just wound up escaping Arkham, though.

Went to bed last night with a pulled muscle in my right shoulder. Woke up this morning with a cramp in the center of my left shoulder blade. F**k.

The flight schedules have been altered recently in a way that makes it very close to impossible for us to take our lunch breaks after 10am.

I'm hungry, have a headache that's only getting worse the farther I get past my usual lunch break, and will very likely not get to eat anything at all today short of inhaling a candy bar on the run. I'm typing this while relieving our control room guy so he can use the restroom. This is the only break I'll have until I hit the timeclock at 2:30.

So, to whatever group came up with this flight schedule... f*ck you very much.

Thin_J wrote:

The flight schedules have been altered recently in a way that makes it very close to impossible for us to take our lunch breaks after 10am.

I'm hungry, have a headache that's only getting worse the farther I get past my usual lunch break, and will very likely not get to eat anything at all today short of inhaling a candy bar on the run. I'm typing this while relieving our control room guy so he can use the restroom. This is the only break I'll have until I hit the timeclock at 2:30.

So, to whatever group came up with this flight schedule... f*ck you very much.

Orchestrate a few near misses, then talk about rescheduling the schedules.

Spoiler:

Do not take this advice, no matter how attractive it looks in your hunger fueled madness.

Yeah it's not that kind of control room

As kind of annoying and at times frustrating as it is for us it has to be hell on the people out on the ramp. Used to see them around 10:30/11am or so just kind of swarm all over the place for lunches. Now they run around like their pants are on fire trying to get to all the places they need to get too throughout that latter half of the morning shift.

I don't get why it changed. A bunch of flights that used to be spread out over a few hours and kind of kept an even flow of passengers and baggage going for a long while are now all bunched together. It's the same way first thing in the morning.

Makes no sense.

So we had our puppy fixed last week and on the advice of the vet, had two dew claws removed from his back feet. The vet said it's a simple procedure and we could take the bandages off after 72 hours. Well we did and one of his legs doesn't look like it's healing well at all. Riley doesn't seem to be in any overt discomfort but after doing some reading last night, we discovered that dew claw removal is often extremely painful (vet said it wasn't), most dogs get painkillers for a few days after the procedure (he didn't) and that it can take weeks to heal because there isn't much skin in that area (we were told 72 hours and all would be fine.) We also found out that it's apparently not nearly as necessary a procedure as the vet led us to believe. This vet came highly recommended but it now seems as though we put our dog through a painful procedure he may not have needed and now we have to figure out what to do since we both have to go back to work and are concerned that he'll bite at his feet while we're at work (he can still get at them if he tries, even with the cone.) And all because our vet wanted an upsell. Pretty damn pissed off right now. And because it's a holiday Monday in Quebec where we had this done, we can't even call them today to ask WTF.

The plan was to use our tax return to pay down some debt and buy a Wii U. Until our car started acting up, and then the plan became to fix our car's malfunctioning water pump. Of course, we got a call later in the day that our water pump looks to be just fine; the noise is coming from the transmission. Great. Just marvelous.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

So we had our puppy fixed last week and on the advice of the vet, had two dew claws removed from his back feet. The vet said it's a simple procedure and we could take the bandages off after 72 hours. Well we did and one of his legs doesn't look like it's healing well at all. Riley doesn't seem to be in any overt discomfort but after doing some reading last night, we discovered that dew claw removal is often extremely painful (vet said it wasn't), most dogs get painkillers for a few days after the procedure (he didn't) and that it can take weeks to heal because there isn't much skin in that area (we were told 72 hours and all would be fine.) We also found out that it's apparently not nearly as necessary a procedure as the vet led us to believe. This vet came highly recommended but it now seems as though we put our dog through a painful procedure he may not have needed and now we have to figure out what to do since we both have to go back to work and are concerned that he'll bite at his feet while we're at work (he can still get at them if he tries, even with the cone.) And all because our vet wanted an upsell. Pretty damn pissed off right now. And because it's a holiday Monday in Quebec where we had this done, we can't even call them today to ask WTF.

If there is one thing I've learned with having my own dogs for the last couple years and having gone to several different vets, they ALL try to upsell you on everything. I've had vets try to offer to have an MRI done on our dog because of a sprain. I've had a vet offer to X-ray our dog to look at his hip-displasia because "they just got a new machine". All they would have said afterwards was, "Yep, he still has hip-displasia. Here's a $300 bill." It's very frustrating, and just something you have to be on your guard for when you visit the vet.